Protein/Carb powders give me gut-rot...

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    Oct 16, 2007 10:46 PM GMT
    Anyone know if this is common? And if so, are there any that are easier on the stomach. All the ones I have tried give me stomach aches and as an ectomorphic hardgainer, I find it hard to maintain let alone gain without them.
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    Oct 17, 2007 3:58 AM GMT
    It would help to know what you have tried. Are you lactose intolerant?

    Some protein powders are meant to be absorbed quickly--for example, whey protein isolate. That's what I use most of the time. Other protein powders are designed for a longer-release effect--for example, BSN's Syntha-6. I tried this product (costly as it is) for a pre-workout shake and also for a pre-bed shake. However, I felt bloated and decided to stop drinking it.

    The powders that are absorbed more quickly might also be easier for you to digest--just a guess.

    If you have the patience and the budget, you might want to buy your protein and carbs separately and mix them in the right ratios for the application at hand. I mix two parts protein to one part carb (dextrose) before my workouts and invert the raio for post-workout shakes.
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    Oct 17, 2007 11:41 AM GMT
    We've had the same bad luck with a lot of the commercial protein powders, and get most of our nutrition from regular food.

    We HAVE had some success with pasteurized liquid egg whites. I'm sure they're available in a city the size of Sydney. You can use them as the basis for a shake, adding either flavored waters to them, or pumping them up calorically with maltodextrin, if you need the complex carbs.

    J.